Red

1999 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 132

  • CharlesHetzel wrote: (97 points)

    January 18, 2015 - Served from Magnum. Decanted over 2 hours before enjoying. This is (still) everything you want a Shafer Hillside Select to be. Upon the nose, still a great depth here with initial complex aroma of deep dark cherry fruit, casis, nose of tobacco, leather with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The cedar still hints at some oak & black cherry. The dark fruit was present on the initial palate, just a few playful tannins and great legs and structure to the wine. This wine is in pefect harmony between sweetness and tannins with enough acidity left to keep for another 10 to 12 years. You are safe to open and enjoy or hold magnums for another 15 years.

  • davidandrose Likes this wine: (93 points)

    January 10, 2015 - Coravin pop and pour. Nothing detailed but this showed modest firmness to its structure and great dark fruit flavors. Next to a '99 Insignia (which had been Coravin'd into a stem 3 hrs earlier) this was the clear winner, both comparing out of the Insignia bottle and when the Insignia had been exposed to air for 3+ hours. Definitively shows as New World in structure, flavor and layering.

  • woofy Likes this wine: (92 points)

    January 8, 2015 - Options
    1/8/2015 - I LIKE THIS WINE: (Edit) 92 Points
    I was expecting more after 15 years in the cellar. It's still a good bottle of wine, but the fruit seems a bit less, there was a bit more mineral tones, though the color was great, and there was no sediment on the cork coming out. My expectations were too high. I'll try the magnum next to see if there is a difference.

  • Collector1855 wrote: (96 points)

    November 6, 2014 - Dark ruby with purple core. Nose of dark fruit with additional aromas of wood, spices and some earthy tones. On the palate full bodied but not over the top. There is a clear Napa sweetness here but it remains balanced and fresh. I really like this style as it keeps the wine “available” to also go well with food. A great hillside.

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  • wineglas wrote: (94 points)

    November 2, 2014 - Higher End Domestic Cabs (Edina Country Club, MN): Fruit forward with blackberries, blueberries and cherry. Palate picks up underbrush and cedar. A big wine still in its infancy. Should age another 15 years. First pour a little more enjoyable than the second.

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  • By Richard Jennings
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    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Lovely, big, berry nose; tasty berry, vanilla, caramel palate with sweet tannins; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1999
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Hillside Select
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Stags Leap District
  • UPC Code 013528400023

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 5 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1834 (70%)
  • Consumed 785 (30%)

Food Pairing

Flannery dry aged ribeye

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